If you've ever sipped a margarita, a cosmopolitan, or a banana daiquiri, there's a good chance that you've had Rose's Lime Juice. These popular drinks and countless others are made with lime juice, and Rose's just happens to be the biggest brand in the lime juice market.
Rose's came about in 1867 when a wonderful coincidence occurred: Lauchlin Rose patented his process of preserving lime juice without using rum at the same time that the 1867 Merchant Shipping Act – requiring British sailors be provided lime – was passed.
Back in the days of tall ships with wind-filled sails, Britannia ruled the waves, and a long ocean voyage often meant a death sentence for weary sailors. Scurvy was the scourge of the seven seas, killing more sailors than storms and foreign navies combined.
Doctors discovered that limes prevented that disease, and though the sailors grumbled a little about losing their rum, it wasn't long before sweetened lime juice from Rose's West Indian limes was a shipboard staple.
In 1901, the first bottle of Rose's arrived in the United States, introducing the brand's great taste and distinctive label to a whole new nation.
After World War II, the brand saw a period of spectacular growth and was eventually acquired by Schweppes in 1957. When Cadbury Schweppes acquired Mott's in 1982, Rose's moved across the ocean to join the Mott's family. The product line thrived under Mott's management, adding Rose's Grenadine to its lineup. The brand has grown to be used in more mixed drinks than any other nonalcoholic ingredient.
Today, Rose's is part of Canada Dry Mott's, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, an integrated refreshment beverage business marketing more than 50 beverage brands throughout North America.